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Response to leveymg (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:39 PM

30. Recommended.

Rice is, of course, the resident neoconservative in the administration.

The fake crap that McCain et al are doing is a lower level of domestic politics .... the republican party is in a win-win situation: if it's Kerry, they get another shot at a Senate seat in MA; if it's Rice, they get the neoconservative.

On the higher level -- and this is international, of course -- the neoconservatives play point for the forces that depend upon, and indeed demand, an on-going US military presence in the Middle East. This force -- that Merton called the "Unspeakable," and that I refer to as the "machine" -- already has special forces throughout the Middle East, a significant area of Africa, and southeast Asia.

It would take an enormous effort to slow the machine, much less stop it. That machine doesn't much care how many young US soldiers are maimed or killed. And it sure as hell doesn't care about the native populations in those regions. It's all about resources, money, and control.

Certainly, President Obama is far superior a person, hence President, than Mitt could/would have been -- on domestic policies. But the international scene is different. I know that as a human being, Barack Obama cares about people -- including US soldiers and the citizens of other nations. But I question if he believes that he can stop the machine, and I do not think that he would be likely to take the risks necessary to try.

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